By Ashley Lee: PNT Staff Writer
The 11th Family Math and Science Night at R.M. James Elementary School in Portales had students and parents scratching their heads from time to time Friday night but most said they had a great time.
The night is put together by Eastern New Mexico University students majoring in elementary education. They are a part of a class that is divided in two sections, half math and half science.
“Family math and science event is so that parents can do math and science with their children,” said Mary Arth one of the professors from the Education Department at ENMU.
”It is fun my friend came with me and my favorite subject is math,” Zoe Morrison a third grader from James Elementary said. “I learned more than we do in class sometimes. I can do these at home.”
Last year 175 people attended math and science night. This year’s theme is fall into math and science. When parents and children walk in they are given a paper with a ticket stapled to it. The paper tells the child what table to start at and the ticket is for the door prizes.
Amber Sherrill a student from ENMU enrolled in the class explained that the parents and children will be asked to change tables every 12-13 minutes and prizes will be given out at that time, and the remaining prizes will be given out at the end. Prizes included calculators, movie passes, restaurant gift certificates and other items all donated by the community. “There was an outpouring of support for this night from the community,” said Sherrill.
Some of the table themes included “Fall Into the Pumpkin Patch,” “Fall into Cooking” and others. “We bounced ideas off of one another in class,” said Melissa Small a student from ENMU.
“I think it is fun and I learned how to weigh things,” said Mara Brooks a third grader from James Elementary.
Besides the math and science event, Jerry Everhart, a professor in ENMU’s Education Department says that a classroom is provided for the ENMU students at James Elementary so they work with the children.
Over the course of their degree they will put in 200 hours or more in the classroom.